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These Custom Pro Series Brass Snare Wires are the ultimate in ease-of-use. They're designed with anti-choke end plates that significantly reduce anno...Read More

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A quick, crisp response and wealth of user-friendly features add up to a truly remarkable set of snare wires.

These Custom Pro Series Brass Snare Wires are the ultimate in ease-of-use. They're designed with anti-choke end plates that significantly reduce annoying snare buzz and also allow the player to crank up their snare tension for a tight response without choking the drum. The Speed Release straps allow the player to disengage the snare wires without releasing the straps from the strainer or butt clamps, enabling quick and easy head or wire changes. The steel coil models produce a quick and crisp snare response.

FEATURES
  • Anti-choke end plates
  • Reduced snare buzz
  • Crank up their snare tension for a tight response without choking the drum
  • Speed Release straps allow player to disengage the snare wires without releasing the straps from the strainer or butt clamps
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PuresoundCustom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
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Beautiful Snares and Buzz Be Gone

I ended up with three sets of the 20-strand steel and one set of the 24-strand brass. I like them both. The main thing I learned in changing out four sets of...Read complete review

I ended up with three sets of the 20-strand steel and one set of the 24-strand brass. I like them both. The main thing I learned in changing out four sets of snares and trying to get rid of snare buzz in my 12" tom with all four snares is this. Tune your batter up to where you normally do (for me, that's about 78 on a Tama Tension Watch). Tune your snare side head to about 50. Then detune the four rods next to the snare beds all the way. Finger tighten them back, then give them 1/4 to 1/2 turn with the key, just so they don't fall out. It's OK if some dimples remain in the head. You may sacrifice 5% of your snare sound, but your snare buzz should be gone or almost gone. It really works. I tried everything else but this, figuring it couldn't work. Guess what, it did for me. BTW, my 12" and 16" toms are tuned to 60 batter, 65 reso (with a strip of duct tape down the middle of each reso head, which I had to do to keep them from sending out weird frequencies when I hit the kick).
I got these in a promotional pack with a snare side head, figured I'd try them on a few snares with totally inadequate snare wires. Even reputable manufacturers put cheap snares on their lower-end snares (which is all I can afford) because they figure that's the first thing you're going to upgrade. These snares (the 20-strand steel) totally changed my snare from a thump to a crack. Just follow the instructions. . .it isn't hard to work the cotter pin assembly.
Quality seems very solid. You can hold these snares in your hand and see/feel how they differ from cheap stock snares.
These are pricey, and like many people, I cringed at the thought of spending this much on snares for a (let's say) used snare I paid the same price for. But adequate snares are absolutely crucial; otherwise your snare isn't a snare. Even a bad stock head can be made to sound decent; not so bad stock snares (at least in my experience). Swallow your pride, sacrifice on something else, and get these. You will not regret it if you get them sounding right, which you should be able to do with minimal effort.

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Pretty Good - but not the greatest

The clips that hold the snares onto the straps are not adequate. Mine slipped through the snares during a song at a gig and I lost the snare sound. I am leary about cranking...Read complete review

The clips that hold the snares onto the straps are not adequate. Mine slipped through the snares during a song at a gig and I lost the snare sound. I am leary about cranking these down to get a good tight crisp crack because of that. I'm switching back to regular snare straps and hope that I can get the sound I was expecting to get when I bought these. I was hoping these would make a huge difference, but so far they have let me down....in front of 600 people.

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5.0

Snappy snares!

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By Bebobber

from Jefferson City, MO

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Comments about Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

Great sound, easy to install!

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5.0

Great buzz!

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By Bebobber

from Jefferson City, MO

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Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

Nice & EZ!

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5.0

Do yourself a favor, add this set to flavor your snare.

By Brian

from undisclosed

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Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

Really brings the snare sound more alive.

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4.0

I use this product.

By Dr. Bob

from Oregon

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

      The strap is super easy to use and adjust...but, to me, strings (because they pull at the edges versus the middle) provide a better snare sound/response. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference, but it DOES (especially if you like to run your snare wires somewhat "loose" for a fat blues/rock sound). :)

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      4.0

      I recommend this product.

      By AC/DC

      from El Paso, TX

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

        I recommend trying the 20 and 24. I believe it does make a noticeable difference.

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        5.0

        Get ghem while you can!

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        By Donald

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

        Easy to use and once you get them in place that is it! The sound you get is great.

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        5.0

        Great for limited travel fine adjust

        By GCH

        from Washington, DC

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        Pros

        • Easy Fine Adjust
        • Easy Head Changes
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • No 16 Strand Version

        Best Uses

          Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

          Of all the Puresound models, these are the least expensive (strangely). My only complaint about them is that I wish they had them in a 16-strand version.

          A set of these with brass wires came on a custom snare drum I got a while back. Recently I obtained a used Supralite and the snare wires were worn out, so I replaced them with these in the steel version.

          The Supralight has limited fine-adjust travel. The graduations on the straps make manual fine adjustments very easy.

          If you want to change snare wires (say between steel and brass) there's no reason to change your settings - just pull the cotter pins and change them. Likewise if you break or want to replace a bottom head, removing and resetting the snare wires is easy.

          Regarding "slip through" - I had that problem as well until I figured out how it works. There are indented recesses in the end plates. You can't just slide the pins in, you have to take the time to center them on the straps. Once centered, they ride into the recess on the end clips, keeping everything centered and straight.

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          5.0

          I LOVE the Speed Release system!

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          By Tim

          from Minnesota

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing
            • Quick Snare Wire Changing

            Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

            First, the only reason why the pins (or "clips") would slip through the slots on the end plates is if they're not installed correctly. I mean, the pins must be inserted into the special loop that is indicated by two white lines near the ends of the straps. So, don't insert the pins in the loop at the very tip of the straps because then they will eventually slip through the slots on the end plates. So, when the pins are inserted into the correct loop, they're as secure as any other mounting method: strings, nylon cables, plastic straps, etc. The pins simply can't slip through when they're inserted in the special loop. So, when this is installed correctly, it instantly becomes the best snare-related purchase that you could ever make. It's really more of an investment, as I'll say again in just a few seconds because it's worth repeating.

            The Speed Release system alone is worth the full price even if it DIDN'T come with the snare wires because again, the Speed Release system is an investment, and a very good one at that. Now that I have the Speed Release Straps installed, I can switch out my snare wires to something completely different in about 60 seconds, just as long as the snare wires are precisely the same length. If the length of the snare wire unit is different, then the straps need to be readjusted, but it's easy.

            So, speaking of adjusting the straps, I love the alignment lines that they printed on them. I no longer have to wonder if the lateral adjustment is precise because now I can just look at the lines (but I still visually inspect the wires while moving the lever up and down just for my peace of mind). I can also maybe get to know which lines to line up by the clamps on the strainer and butt plate for my different snare wire units of different lengths. Or, I can memorize the lines if I'm just switching between two wires of two different lengths. The lines also make it extremely easy to get a perfect lateral adjustment, meaning that all snare wires will all have precisely the same tension instead of one side being slightly looser than the other (that is, instead of some wires being looser than others).

            The snare wire unit itself is very nice as well. Not only do the wires result in a nice sound, but the end plates are a very nice and unique design. The two corners are bent down and bent flat (which you can see in the photo). These corners are feet that lift the end plates up a little bit. Plus, they keep the end plate perfectly parallel to the head. With normal end plates, they can sort of teeter-totter on top of a strap. Another benefit of these "feet" is that it's a lot harder to choke the drum with higher tension on the snare wires. That means you can use a higher tension than you normally can before choking the snare. You also get noticeably less sympathetic snare buzz from the toms, partly due to being able to tighten them further than normal and partly due to the "feet" on the end plates. The feet raise the ends of the wires by the end plates up off the head just slightly (the last couple of centimeters or so near the end plates), leaving the rest of the wire assembly on the head. This is a part of why it's harder to choke the snare at higher snare wire tensions.

            Above all though, my favorite thing about this product is this: now I can switch out my snare wires whenever I want in just about 60 seconds (that's literally about how long it takes). This is great for studio work, gigs, band practice, or just any time I want to switch out the snare wires for any reason. I mean, switching out the snare wires is about as easy and as fast as swapping out about 2 cymbals, maybe 3 or 4 at the most. Although again, the only catch is that if the snare wires I want to install are of a slightly different length, then I will need to readjust the straps, which isn't a big deal thanks to the lines printed on the straps.

            The end plates are pretty cool too and should be an optional design for all of their snare wires, but I'm mostly excited about the Speed Release system because to me, that's an investment. That alone was worth the full price that I paid (it's worth even more than that). Again, my pins never slip through (they CAN'T slip through) when they're inserted into the special loops on the straps that are specifically for these pins. Again, they're marked by two white lines near the ends of the straps. Notice in the product photos that the pin is not inserted at the very ends of the strap, but instead it's about a centemeter from the end. It's in that special loop, and that's the key to making these work as advertised. Well, make sure the pins are centered as shown too just to be sure. Although, there's a video of this being demonstrated at NAMM, and the guy pushes the pin all the way until the round part on the pin hits the strap! So, I don't know how important it is to center the pins, but I still do it. It also feels good to make it perfect. :)

            There's one more benefit that I forgot to mention: when tuning the snare side head, you no longer need to slide a stick underneath the fully-loosened and extended snare wires. Instead, just remove the snare wires! It takes about 5-10 seconds at the most to remove them, and then you can tune or even REPLACE your snare side head without ever having to worry about reinstalling your snare wires because they're already installed. All you have to do is re-attach them to the straps when you're done!

            So yeah, even if you end up hating the snare wire unit itself due to not meeting your needs, this is still worth your money because you're changing the way you remove and install snare wires forever, among the other benefits and conveniences. I mean, you don't need to use these wires: you can keep using your favorite wires. For the price this is going for, it's more than worth it for the benefits that you'll get out of this Speed Release system.

            In conclusion, I feel that every drummer should purchase this, even if all they get out of it is the Speed Release system. That alone is worth the cost. I would even go as far as saying that this should be a standard design that comes with all snare drums. Yep, I would love it if all snare drums on the market came with these straps (and pins).

            As long as you insert the pins into the special designated loops (indicated by two white lines near the ends of the straps), you will NOT regret your purchase - even if you end up just using your wires instead.

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            3.0

            Pretty Good - but not the greatest

            By David Knox

            from The Lone Star State

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

              The clips that hold the snares onto the straps are not adequate. Mine slipped through the snares during a song at a gig and I lost the snare sound. I am leary about cranking these down to get a good tight crisp crack because of that. I'm switching back to regular snare straps and hope that I can get the sound I was expecting to get when I bought these. I was hoping these would make a huge difference, but so far they have let me down....in front of 600 people.

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              5.0

              best snare wires ever!

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              By shrek

              from apopka,fl

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamsession
                • Practicing

                Comments about Puresound Custom Pro Series Steel Snare Wires:

                They make my snare sound so loud and no buzz at all!! I have a tama " titan warlord " snare and the stock snare was not enough. I needed volume for the beast. Solid titanium doesn't need stock snares. So these made that beast scream. Slapped a "ambassador coated X" and I was making that snare wire crack!!! Love it!

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